Our shiitake mushroom kit will help you grow pounds of your own tasty shiitakes in the comfort of your own home, garden, or office. Learn how it works below
Lovers of gourmet, edible mushrooms recognize the shiitake mushroom as a delectable treat. It is the most-consumed mushroom in Asia and the second most commercially-grown mushroom in the world. The taste of the shiitake mushroom is a big reason for its popularity. The flavor palette is complex, lending to descriptions that include: buttery, smoky, nutty, earthy, rich, and meaty.
One great way to bring more shiitakes into your life is by growing them at your convenience with a shiitake mushroom kit.
At Fungi Ally we sell and ship mushroom growing kits nationally and internationally, including the famed shiitake mushroom kit. You can buy your own directly from us so you can begin growing your own shiitake mushrooms. Check out the rest of this article to learn more about our shiitake mushroom growing kits and why adding shiitakes to your diet is a wonderfully healthful decision to make.
“So, what is the shiitake mushroom kit exactly?”
I’m glad you asked. Our shiitake grow kits are made out of hardwood sawdust. They come ready-to-fruit and are easy to take care of. You can keep them inside your house or office, or outside in your garden if it is warm enough outside. Each kit will produce around two pounds of shiitake mushrooms over the course of two months. The fruited mushrooms come in “flushes”, which are two weeks apart.
How to use our shiitake mushroom kit to grow more delicious mushrooms
First, you need to order your kit from us and receive it in the mail.
Once you have received the kit, you can begin growing your shiitakes at home. Here’s a step-by-step process for you to use:
Step 1: Put the shiitake kit into water and submerge it for five hours. Make sure the kit stays underwater (which can be done more easily by holding it down with a rock or brick. Remove the kit after five hours and place it on a pan or baking sheet to drain any excess water.
Step 2: Place the kit in a well-lit area, but make sure it is not in direct sunlight. Mist the kit heavily twice a day. A spray bottle works best for this, although you can also use the nozzle from your kitchen sink if needed.
Step 3: After about four days you will begin to see mushrooms starting to pin. Continue your misting regimen and watch as the mushrooms grow.
Step 4: The shiitakes will mature in about five days. They are ready to harvest once you can see gills on the bottom of the cap. Pick the mushrooms once they have matured and put them in your refrigerator.
Step 5: Place the block in a dark space for two to three weeks to allow it to rest.
Step 6: Submerge the shiitake kit in water again for 24 hours.
Step 7: Place the kit in a well-lit area again and continue with the process of misting as you did before. Repeat these steps until your block begins to fall apart, at which time you can place it outside in your compost or garden. There is a likelihood that the block will continue to fruit and you can reap the benefit of a final flush.
Why you should grow your own mushrooms with a shiitake mushroom kit
First off, you will have the freshest mushrooms around available to you with your own shiitake mushroom kit. How exciting is that!
You also get the opportunity to watch as the mushrooms grow. This is a wonderful way to further a relationship with the food you put in your body.
Furthermore, shiitake mushrooms are very healthful. These mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D, especially after you expose them to the sun.
They also have favorable amounts of fiber, minerals, and B vitamins. For instance, 15 grams of shiitakes provide 39% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of copper; 33% of the RDI of vitamin B5; 11% of the RDI of riboflavin; 11% of the RDI of niacin; 10% of the RDI of selenium. There are also single-digit percentages for manganese, zinc, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin D.
A shiitake mushroom kit makes a great gift
And beyond shiitakes, we have a variety of strains available in our mushroom growing kits. These include:
- Blue oyster
- Yellow oyster
- Pink oyster
- Lion’s mane
Check them all out today! And be sure to join our email list as we offer sales on this mushroom grow kits from time to time.